Written by Emily Harstone

Michael O’Mara Books: Now Accepting Nonfiction Manuscript Queries

Michael O’Mara Books (also known as MOM Books) is a UK based publisher of nonfiction, and publish a wide range of books including history, popular science, language, sport, lifestyle and biography. Outside of traditional books they also publish coloring books, activity and puzzles books, and stationary. You can get a feel for what they publish here.

MOM Books was started in 1985 as a home business by Mrs. & Mr. O’Mara, out of the spare room of their house. It is still a family firm, although now it publishes 150 books a year. They have put together a slideshow of their history which you can view here, if you are curious.

They welcome submissions of nonfiction ideas from “authors, compilers and illustrators.” They do not allow submissions of fiction.

If you submit please include synopses and sample texts, rather than full manuscripts. They are currently only accepting submissions via email.

They generally only respond to submissions they are interested in. They ask that authors and illustrators familiarize themselves with the titles they publish before submitting.

They are distributed by Hachette within the UK. Outside of the UK they do their own distribution. Their books are beautiful, sturdy, and well-designed.

Their submission guidelines are in no way detailed, but you can view them here.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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